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Powerful Breast Cancer journey stories brought to life as part of Clifden Arts Festival 2018 Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year Christopher Banaghan’s all absorbing exhibition will allow attendees to time-travel to the year 4040 A number of brave women’s inspiring Breast Cancer stories and struggles will be brought to life as part of a once off exhibition called Bosom Pals taking place during Clifden Arts Festival 2018( 12th - 23rd September ). The moving exhibition, which is in honour of the late writer and poet Marie Cadden, explores the poems and artworks contained in the Bosom Pals book. The exhibition offers an incredibly unique experience as these works are taken from the intimate

Poet Paul Durcan leads line-up of world- renowned literary legends set to illuminate Clifden Arts Festival 2018 One of Ireland’s most distinctive poets Paul Durcan is among the host of literary heavyweights set to take to the stage and share their internationally acclaimed work as part of Clifden Arts Festival 2018. Paul Durcan will join the eclectic line up of authors, artists, historians and poets set to illuminate Ireland’s longest running festival with their most celebrated works. Nestled in the stunning surroundings of the West of Ireland, a reading with Paul Durcan will captivate visitors as the Dublin born poet shares his self-mocking poems of underachievement and tender verses commemorating the dead. Having won

The theme of this year’s Clifden Arts Festival will explore the concept of “home” as well as showcasing Ireland’s diverse and artistic culture through compelling events which promise to enchant and educate people of all ages. Brendan Flynn, Festival Director explained ‘The physical place of birth holds a special place within us, while for others it isn’t physical but rather the feelings, the emotion, the character, the people and the culture, that shape it and make it. We hope to capture that feeling and explore a sense of home and how it is unique for each of us’.The line-up at this year’s Clifden Arts Festival is very strong with a handful of names that

Confirmed Dates RTE Concert Orchestra – 16th September Aslan – 19th September Sean Keane and Friends – 17th September Professor Joe Lee – Historian – 15th September Fergal Keane – Journalist – 15th September Martin Hayes & Denis Cahill – 18th September Wallis Bird – 15th September Lisa Hannigan – 15th September Other Highlights include James Harper and John F. Deane The Loves of Lady Gregory by Curlew Theatre Co Paul Durcan Rita Ann Higgins Declan Nerney & Band John Moriarty Memorial Lecture by Mark Hederman Danny O’Brien Mairtin O’Connor, Maighread Ní Dhomhnaill and Seamie O’Dowd Visual Arts Programme and Trail Comprehensive Schools Programme And a whole host more! Please check

The legendary RTE Con Tempo Quartet, the Irish Guitar Quartet and the Esposito Quartet are amongst the sublime quartets who will astound audiences at the Clifden Arts Festival with their elegant beauty of sound and moving clarity of texture. The festival, which takes place from the 13th-24th of September 2017, features an eclectic, diverse repertoire of events and promises to enchant and educate people of all ages. On Saturday the 16th of September, the RTE Contempo Quartet which has forged a unique place in Irish musical life will take to the stage at the Clifden Arts Festival along with leading pianist, Dr. Fionnula Moynihan. The Quartet is currently Ireland’s National Television

Clifden’s 40th Arts Festival will take place from the 13th-24th September 2017.  Renowned for nurturing the arts amongst young people, this Autumnal festival will inspire and enchant visitors and locals. This year will feature many interesting and educational talks revolving around an assortment of topics such as the Arts, Mindfulness, Astronomy, Jungian Psychology, Irish history and many more from some of the world’s most fascinating people. Open your heart to the deep spiritual peace of 'Saying Yes to Yes' with spiritual guru Kevin McAleer on Thursday the 21st of September for a mind-splitting evening of living fully in the moment, with meditation, mindfulness and deep breathing or let your hair down

  Launching on September 14th, the Clifden Arts Festival 2017 will feature over 200 diverse, eclectic events with an innovative programme filled to the brim with literature heavy weights, charming theatre, exciting music events and incredible visual arts spectacles. Renowned for its tales of invigorating talks and fascinating lectures from some of Ireland’s gold standard speakers, this year they will range from symbolism, astronomy, mindfulness to lectures surrounding some of the most important Irish writers of the latter half of the twentieth century such as Seamus Heaney and John McGahern. Mankind has often long gazed toward the heavens, searching to put meaning and order to the universe around him. David Moore is

A stellar line up of literary heavyweights will illuminate the Clifden Arts Festival as Ireland’s longest running arts festival celebrates 40 years of continued success. Launching on September 14th, literary events will see dozens of readings with some of the most celebrated female authors, artists and historians and poets in the world. Literary masters of mood and atmosphere Robyn Rowland, Gina Mercer, Joan McBreen, Geraldine Mitchell, Mary O’ Malley, Vona Groark are amongst the gold standard poets and authors of our time who will feature at the Clifden Arts festival. Not to mention, curator, archivist, art historian, author, editor, Eimear O’Connor, who will illuminate the Festival with her fascinating talk

Curating a festival is no easy feat by any means and it takes an incredible amount of hard work and determination to pull it off with elegance and grace. An execution of artistic ideas, where the performers and the audiences feed of the high energy that builds in a space of shared artistic chemistry. Over the last forty years the Clifden Arts Festival has transformed into a living, breathing entity which continues to delight and inspire young and old. From traditional, lively Irish music, classical quartets, exceptional concerts, as well as invigorating comedy, spectacular theatre, inspiring talks and incredible visual arts exhibitions, you will not fail to find something to